How to become a respected PT when you’re a fresh college grad.
Congratulations!! You got your first big person job as a physical therapist. Starting your career is a very exciting time in your life but it can also be a bit scary! 👻 One of the most important things to do when starting a career is to set the tone. Establishing yourself as a respected professional early on will ripple throughout your career. But how do you establish yourself and earn respect when you’re the rookie? Impress your colleagues.
Below are 3 ways to impress your colleagues and help set the tone for your career.
1. Wellness Talks
Giving wellness talks at local businesses, community centers, or schools is an excellent way to show off your knowledge and earn the respect of your peers. Many of these places are thrilled to have a professional come teach their members about the importance of wellness and give expert tips. But they are not the only one who will be thrilled; your employer will be ecstatic to have you engaged in the community promoting the practice and power of PT. Wellness talks can be about anything from breathing to fitness and exercise.
2. Mobile Health Apps
Even if you’re not tech savy, as a new college grad, you likely have more experience with smartphones and technology than most of your colleagues. Some mobile health apps can be downloaded directly from your phone's app store and set up in minutes. Once you add a mobile health solution to your workflow let the numbers speak for themselves. Mobile health apps such as Health Snaps have been shown to create an immediate increase in patient compliance, retention, and satisfaction. These are numbers that are impossible for your employer to ignore and perfect numbers to bring with you to your next review ;)
3. Personalize you Care
When a patient really enjoys coming to see you, you notice it and so does everyone else. All too often, instead of genuinely communicating, Fresh PTs fall into the trap of merely informing patients. Remember that you are not just treating the diagnosis, but the whole person! When you do an initial evaluation, explain in brief layman’s terms what you are looking for as you do it. Let the patient’s questions be your guide. If the patient is quiet, then you should verbalize what you are doing anyway. Make it simple, not scary. Don’t forget to share bits of your real life with your patients as they will need to share their real life with you too. Reciprocity builds trust, and trust builds strong relationships.